Dogs will do absolutely anything for the people they love, and for one North Carolina dog, that meant sacrificing his own life in order to say his best friend.
This past Saturday morning, a deadly fire broke out in an apartment building that and left multiple families and their beloved pets trapped inside waiting for help to arrive. “My wife gets a phone call and it’s very very chaotic [cause] she has her on speaker phone and my daughter is very, very distraught she was screaming that the apartment was on fire,” said Marc Martinez, whose daughter Karina was asleep in the apartment when the fire started.
Karina was asleep and had no idea that her life was in danger until her dog, a 2-year-old German Shepherd named Riddick, woke her up with his panicked barks. “Her dog wouldn’t settle down so she had called him up on her bed to cuddle with him,” Martinez explained. “But he was still sitting up and he kept huffing and kinda barking at the wall.”
After realizing there was a fire, Riddick helped guide Karina to safety. “She went down the landing, cause there were flames already licking down, but the dog got scared and went back up and would not come down, said Martinez. Tragically, she couldn’t get Riddick to come back down and he passed away before firefighters could rescue him. “He was her best friend they were inseparable and he did what he was supposed to do he warned her and took care of her.”
“The great Greenville Fire and Rescue department of the city did us very very proud they made this even just a little bit more tolerable,” said Martinez, who was thankful when they went into the building and retrieved Riddick’s body so they could give him a proper burial.
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[Featured image: The Martinez Family]